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EC Unable to Act on JP MP's Fraud PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

The Election Commission has said it has nothing to do with Satkhira-4 MP HM Golam Reza for his alleged concealment of information before the national elections.

In a letter to the complainant's lawyer on Monday, the EC secretariat said the commission would not take any actions against the Jatiya Party MP since the complaint was not lodged during or immediately after the scrutiny of his nomination paper.

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5th Extension for Police Investigating Aug 21 Attack PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

A Dhaka court has for the fifth time, given the police additional time to complete its investigation into the use of explosives in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack .

Judge Ismail Hossain of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judges court gave the police a two-month extension on Tuesday, following a petition, submitted by Abdul Kahar Akand, special superintendent of police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the investigation officer (IO) in the case.

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Sunday's Tripartite Meeting 'A Farce' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

A section of labour leaders has said at a press conference that Sunday evening's tripartite meeting that apparently settled RMG minimum wage issue was a conspiracy.

Representatives of 13 labour organisations suggested on Monday that those who agreed to the government stipulated pay scale of the garment workers were not the genuine workers' representatives.

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'Shots Fired' in 'Pro-Juba' League Protest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

Supporters of Pro-metropolitan Juba League convenor Nizamul Islam demonstrated in the city on monday, and allegedly vandalised private property protesting an earlier attack on the leader.

Witnesses said that they vandalised three buses and 10 trucks, injuring two passengers in their attack. It is also alleged that the demonstrators fired a number of bullets.

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Ramna park restaurant extension demolished PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

The Housing and public works department has demolished the illegally built extension of the Ramna Restaurant, in the capital's Ramna Park.

The demolishing started at 10am on Monday morning.

Workers from the housing and public works department began demolishing the illegal portion with sledge hammers and crowbars, in the presence of a magistrate and the police.

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Hasina Warns against RMG Anarchy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 August 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has threatened to take stern measures against those responsible for creating unrest in the readymade garment sector.

Her deputy spokesperson Mahbubul Haque Shakil said that the prime minister had said that there would be zero-tolerance for those who create anarchy in the industry.

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EC Not Empowered to Ban Religion-Based Party PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 August 2010

The election commission has nothing to do with cancellation of any political party, commissioner Sohul Hossain has told bdnews24.com.

He made the remarks on Saturday following a comment from the law minister, who said that the EC will decide whether to ban a religion-based political party.

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PM Tells DCs to Serve the People PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina urged deputy commissioners to work with a mentality of serving the people, pointing out that they are responsible for conveying the situation on the ground to the government so that it can address the issues.

She was speaking at the inauguration of the three-day deputy commissioners' conference at the international conference centre in the prime minister's office on Sunday morning.

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11 Persons Directly Involved in Question Leak PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010

The probe committee has identified 11 persons directly involved in the question leak incident related to the recruitment test of assistant teachers for public high schools.

Of them, six persons were Bangladesh Government (BG) Press employees, one Public Service Commission (PSC) official and four outsiders.

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Govt Rules out Union Quotas for Teachers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid has ruled out proposals for introducing Union quotas in the recruitment of teachers and the positions in governing boards of educational institutions.

But the minister gave assurances that teachers would be immediately recruited to remove the crisis of teachers in the educational institutions.

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Shafique Urges Alems to Support War Crimes Trial PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 July 2010

Law minister Shafique Ahmed has urged Muslim marriage officials to be watchful about wrong portrayal of the war crimes trial. He said, "Those who committed heinous crimes like murder, rape, looting and arson during the war of independence in 1971 should not be pardoned."

Speaking at a seminar on the role of registrars in prevention of child marriage, organised by Bangladesh Muslim Marriage Registrar's Council, at BMA community centre in Dhaka on Saturday, the law minister spoke about the government's hyped agenda, while the marriage officials placed their demands.

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Ovi Finally Charged in Model Tinni Murder Case PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 July 2010

Eight years after the sensational murder of model Tinni, police have finally framed charges against former MP Golam Faruk Ovi.

Dhaka's seventh additional district and session judge Mizanur Rahman on July 14 set Aug 15 for taking witness accounts after showing the accused as 'absconding'.

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'Constitution Amendment Thru Consensus' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 July 2010

Principal architect of the 1972 constitution Dr Kamal Hossain has said that the government should not amend the constitution in haste without building consensus.

"The constitution is sacred. The government should not add anything to the constitution suddenly without unanimity," said Hossain, president of Ganaforum.

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Power Supply off in Dhaka for 2 Days PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 July 2010

Electricity supply in different parts of Dhaka city will be suspended from dawn to dusk on Friday and Saturday because of maintenance work of the transmission line.

According to a Power Grid Company of Bangladesh statement, service work will be conducted from 6am to 6pm on both days in Shiddhirganj-Ulon and Haripur-Maniknagar lines under the Shiddhirganj-Maniknagar transmission line construction project.

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Hasina Against Banning Political Party' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 July 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is personally averse to the idea of banning any political party, MPs of her Awami League said.

"I am not in favour of banning any political party," she reportedly told the MPs on Thursday when they suggested that the Election Commission should consider the issue.

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War Crime Cases Against Sayedee Sent to Tribunal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 July 2010

A Pirojpur court on Wednesday sent two war crime cases filed in the district against top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to the International Crimes Tribunal.

District's chief judicial magistrate Chowdhury Mahbub Hossain passed the order on petitions of the investigation officers in the cases.

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15-Strong Constitution Committee Formed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 July 2010

The parliament has formed a 15-strong "all-party committee' to review the constitution with no representation from the main opposition BNP.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday afternoon proposed the committee in the parliament, which was passed unanimously by voice vote.

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Khaleda in Meeting with Experts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 July 2010

BNP chief Khaleda Zia has sat with six legal and constitutional experts of her party to decide over whether to send a representative to the all-party constitutional review committee.

Tuesday's emergency meeting started at 8:30pm at the chairperson's Gulshan office, her press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan told bdnews24.com.

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Rajuk's 'No Count of Unapproved Buildings' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Dhaka city development authority Rajuk does not know how many unapproved buildings are there in the capital, according to the state minister for housing and public works.

"Rajuk doesn't have exact statistics of how many buildings have been constructed without prior approval from it," Abdul Mannan Khan was quoted as telling the parliament on Tuesday.

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Officials Must Change Military Mindset: Ashraf PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 July 2010

The conduct of civil servants have been like that of military officials because of the prolonged military rule in the country, local government minister Syed Ashraful Islam has said.

He called on civil servants to change their attitude towards public representatives.

"Their mentality has also remained unchanged," he said, replying to a supplementary query at the question-answer session in the parliament on Sunday.

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RAB Arrest Another ULFA Leader PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 July 2010

Rapid Action Battalion arrested a leader of the Indian separatist group, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Ranjan Chowdhury and an associate from Kishoreganj's Bhairab Upazila in the early hours of Saturday.

The ULFA leader, Ranjan Chowdhury alias Major Ranjan, has been staying in Bangladesh since 1997 and has been maintaining contact with the group.

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